Neurology and Epilepsy

AKC Canine Health Foundation

2019 Neurology and Epilepsy Request for Proposals (RFP)


The mission of the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound scientific research and supporting the dissemination of health information to prevent, treat and cure canine disease. CHF supports a One Health model as a critical tool to achieving this vision, with a multidisciplinary approach to addressing the health needs of all dogs and their people.

This request is for research proposals into better diagnosis and characterization, pathophysiology, molecular and genetic basis of canine neurologic disease including inflammatory neurological disorders and epilepsy, and the identification of novel therapeutics to treat neurologic disorders, including canine epilepsy. CHF seeks improved diagnostics, novel therapies, and a better understanding of the pathophysiology and genetics of canine neurological disorders to ensure quality of life and excellent care for affected dogs.

Proposals may address any of the following topics:

•    Improved diagnosis and treatment, and pathophysiology of neurologic disorders in dogs
•    Genetics and epigenetics of neurologic disorders in dogs
•    Novel diagnostics and therapeutics (anti-epileptic drugs and nondrug therapies) for refractory epilepsy in dogs

The deadline for online applications is Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Both Acorn (up to $15,000 including 8% maximum indirect costs) and Oak ($15,000 to $108,000 maximum including 8% indirect cost) grant proposals that can be completed within the budget will be accepted for review. Please contact chfgrants@akcchf.org as soon as possible if you need to discuss a proposed budget outside this upper limit. Please read the eligibility requirements here.


All work completed under this funding must strictly adhere to the Foundation's Humane Use of Animals Policy.


Questions regarding this RFP should be directed to Andrea Fiumefreddo, CHF Director of Programs & Operations.


Please forward this announcement to other researchers seeking funding in this area of research.


Start a new Acorn Application – studies less than $15,000 including 8% maximum indirect costs

Start a new Oak Application – studies greater than $15,000 up to $108,000 including 8% maximum indirect costs

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Previously awarded CHF grants and active research in neurology and epilepsy can be found below.

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